Certificate in Writing

Write With Confidence, Clarity and Style


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: Varies
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $549 – $949 (per course)

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About this Program

Honing your writing craft will help you produce the kind of crisp, engaging writing that captures the attention and imagination of readers. Whether you’re looking to sharpen your overall writing chops or focus on a particular type of writing, we offer a wide variety of courses to help you refine your skills and accomplish your goals.

Our flexible Certificate in Writing program allows you to personalize your experience and select courses that match your area of interest. Course categories include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, publishing and children's literature.

Designed For

Current and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft.

Alumni Spotlight

Alum Karen Treiger explains how the Certificate in Writing gave her the confidence and skills she needed to tell her family's story.

Duration: 02:41

What You’ll Learn

The individual skills and knowledge you’ll gain from this program depends on the courses you choose. These skills can include:

  • Techniques for creating vivid characters and scenes
  • Developing your own voice and style
  • Word choice, imagery, rhythm and cadence
  • Elements of story that hook the reader
  • Insights on getting your work published

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll craft at least one manuscript or piece of writing that you can submit for publication or other formal use.

earn your certificate

  • Start the program in autumn, winter or spring quarter.
  • Register for each course individually. You can take more than one course in the same quarter.
  • To earn the certificate, complete any three writing courses in two years or less. Then call Registration Services at 206-543-2310 to request your certificate; there is a $50 certificate fee.


  Course Offered
Courses Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
The Art of Writing  
Business Writing: Reports, Proposals & Documents  
Self-Publishing: Bringing Your Book to Market    
Fiction Writing: Craft    
Fiction Writing: The Novel    
Fiction Writing: Character    
Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story    
Memoir Writing: Structuring Your Story    
Memoir Writing: Writing Your Story    
Women's Personal Essay Writing: A Workshop    
Writing Children's Literature: Picture Books  
Screenwriting: Storytelling    
Screenwriting: Character & Scene    
Screenwriting: Advanced Screenplay Workshop    


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Other Writing Programs

Looking for more options? We also offer programs in UX writing, technical writing, grant writing and medical writing. Explore all our programs for writers and editors

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, complete any three courses in two years or less.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

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